Dear Crissy

Diaper Genie vs. Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail

I recently had the opportunity to rate the Diaper Genie vs. Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail. I can remember people telling me when I was pregnant, that I MUST register for a diaper pail. It really seems like there are two distinct camps of moms out there, those who loved, and actually used their diaper pail, and those who find them an unnecessary substitute for the trash can. Which one are you?

Diaper Genie vs. Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail

During the month of June, I have been testing the two leading diaper pails available in stores: the Playtex® Diaper Genie II Elite™, and the Arm & Hammer™ Diaper Pail by Munchkin.

Diaper Genie vs. Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail

First of all, I chose not to photograph these two items in my home. Typically, I post extensive photo essays of products that I review, but honestly, who wants to see photos of Evan’s dirty diapers? I mean, these are products that are designed to contain POOP, so, I really don’t think I need to visually illustrate. My overuse of the word poop should suffice. I am also not going to offer you a detailed play-by-play of the assembly, setup, and use of these items. I can tell you in one very simple sentence that both the Diaper Genie and Munchkin pails are quite simple to use. They are also visually similar, again, neck and neck so far in this comparison!

When it comes right down to it, the only relevant factor when it comes to Diaper Genie vs. Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail, in my opinion, is odor control, odor control, odor control. After chocking both of these diaper pails full of horrifically stinky diapers, I have to say that so far, the Arm & Hammer™ Diaper Pail by Munchkin does a better job of managing the the odor.

There is no doubt that when people think of diaper pails, they think Diaper Genie. In fact, until recently, I was not even aware that there was an alternative brand making a similar product.

I will be posting a follow-up to this diaper pail debate in about a week. In my concluding article, I will tell you whether I prefer the Playtex® Diaper Genie II Elite™, the Arm & Hammer™ Diaper Pail by Munchkin, or old faithful–our trash can.

Where do your kiddo’s dirty diapers go?

I am a member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive campaign by Mom Central, sponsored by Diaper Genie, and received a free Diaper Genie diaper pail and a free Munchkin Arm & Hammer diaper pail to facilitate my review.

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  1. Tracy @ Sweet Harper — June 17, 2010 @ 2:38 pm (#)

    With the first, I swore by a diaper pail…but just use a garbage can now with my second. Now that I think about it, it's a little strange that I switched. I guess I just felt the diaper pail still stunk anyway, so why not just use the small garbage can liners and just change it everyday? So that's what we do at our place!


    • Dear Crissy — June 17th, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

      Tracy, I am really on the fence with these diaper pails, myself. We're in the middle of a remodel, so any extra "stuff" sitting around really needs to be useful. Zach is a fan, and since he's the one in charge of trash detail, we might be sticking with one of them! :)

  2. Sherry Carr-Smith — June 17, 2010 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    With my first, we used a Diaper Genie for about 2 seconds and when I couldn't get the little "sausage links" that I was supposed to get and it all still stunk anyway, we gave it away.

    With my new baby, we're using a super cheap trash can (one for a bathroom) and plastic grocery sacks. Once one or two get in there, it goes to the dumpster. We live in an apartment, though, and have access to a dumpster. It might be different if we had to leave them in a larger trashcan for the garbage people to pick up.

    Interested in your final thoughts though!


    • Dear Crissy — June 17th, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

      Ah, plastic grocery sacks. That's what we had been using to seal off the super stinky ones before putting them in the garbage previously! :)

      • @MelloMommy_MN — June 17th, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

        That's the way I go now. I started off with a Diaper Genie II, but with twins when they got older it got filled too quickly with wet and poopy diapers. With just poopy diapers it got stinky and had to be emptied frequently anyways even though not full. Now I use the plastic grocery sacks for stinky diapers and just put them all in my trash can. I have to take out the trash daily (and it has a lid) anyways so it doesn't get too bad.

        • Dear Crissy — June 18th, 2010 @ 4:24 am

          Boy, I"ll bet there are a lot of diaper pails collecting dust in people's houses after the new wears off! :)

  3. Liz G. — June 17, 2010 @ 3:09 pm (#)

    I havent used a diaper pail since my 1st child was in dipes, she is now 8 and ive got a 4 year old fully potty trained boy and an 18 month old boy still in dipes full time.
    I had a diaper genie with my 1st and I thought it was the greatest thing, a pain to use at times and who enjoys disposing of that giant sausage link of stinky diapers when its full? After my 1st I just used the garbage can, dont ask me why, its just how things happened.
    Ive never used another brand of diaper pail so I cant speak to how easy or difficult another brand may be to use but I can say that I *LOVE* Arm & Hammer and its no surprise to me that it controls the odor better, baking soda is one of the best things you can use to control stinky smells in your home!


    • Dear Crissy — June 17th, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

      Oh my gosh, isn't that hilarious? My husband was like "OK, we have a giant diaper log, look!" I am also a fan of Arm & Hammer, I use it for the litter box too.

  4. @thefavourshoppe — June 17, 2010 @ 3:50 pm (#)

    Ya, with my 1st I was the diaper genie…didn't really like, and for my 2nd I just threw them in the garbage. So weird that we treat our 1st child so differently then the rest. lol


    • Dear Crissy — June 18th, 2010 @ 4:21 am

      I've been wondering how things might be different with number two, assuming I have a number 2! :)

  5. Eileen Burke — June 17, 2010 @ 3:57 pm (#)

    We received a diaper genie for our first child, used it for about a month (ie until all the refills we received as gifts ran out) and then tossed the thing. Honestly, I'd rather just empty our regular garbage more often then have to think about 20 or 30 Fecal Sausage links sitting in my house. Plus, I thought they smelled anyway. I vote trash can :-)


    • Dear Crissy — June 18th, 2010 @ 4:22 am

      "Fecal Sausage links" = hilarious. lol.

  6. @Maybelline_V — June 17, 2010 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    Diaper genie was the one I receive as a baby shower gift, at first I used it everyday, everytime, but now that my baby is almost 6 months and that I have a changing station in 3 different rooms of the house I don't use it anymore. He only poops once a day, and those are the stinky ones, plus the bags are no that cheap.


    • Dear Crissy — June 18th, 2010 @ 4:22 am

      Yeah, I haven't really talked to many folks who used these diaper pails long term!

      • Kev — June 13th, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

        My wife and I have an amazing 18 month old little girl, who eats fresh fruits and veggies all day.

        We’ve used a Diaper Genie 2, since the first diaper, and have no complaints with function or smell. Seems funny to us that there’s such a debate…

  7. michella — June 17, 2010 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    I'm not a mom yet but I am a nanny so I have plenty of experience when it comes to diaper genies and just plain ol' tossing them. I just always felt like the diaper genie options still ALWAYS smelled. maybe not if you took it out every night, but who really does that or in fact has time for that? and if I was living in a small house, I wouldn't want something extra sitting around taking up space. it seems convenient though, if you need somewhere to quickly put away a really gross/stinky diaper.


    • Dear Crissy — June 18th, 2010 @ 4:23 am

      There are definitely pros and cons to both! :)

  8. Karen — June 17, 2010 @ 10:20 pm (#)

    I only really knew about the diaper genie vs. the diaper champ when I got pregnant. I chose the diaper champ since I could use my own kitchen garbage bags rather than buy the diaper genie brand bags. I am pretty happy with my diaper champ, but since the dirty diapers have gotten smellier as my baby has gotten older, we now keep the diaper pail in the garage.


    • Dear Crissy — June 18th, 2010 @ 4:23 am

      Never heard of a diaper champ! But as I've told you many times, the shopping here is pretty LIMITED!

  9. Janette — June 18, 2010 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    I've used a diaper genie since day 1 with my 5 month old. Mine never stinks and I love it.


  10. julia — June 20, 2010 @ 11:18 pm (#)

    we use cloth diapers 95% of the time, so they go in a lined garbage can w/ a pop up lid. but when we do use disposables, they go in the Baby Trend Diaper Champ. I love it b/c we can use any trash bags and don’t have to buy the diaper genie ones.


  11. Brooke — June 20, 2010 @ 11:42 pm (#)

    I LOVE my diaper champ, or atleast did when we were using disposables! The thing about them is you use a regular kitchen trashbag in it. You don't have to buy refills or anything. Also, theres no turning and figuring things out to put a diaper in. You just place the diaper in the hole and flip the handle :)


  12. Anne — August 24, 2010 @ 1:13 am (#)

    Shake the poop out in the toilet, fold up the diaper the best you can and stuff it into a plastic bag (I use the ones my newspapers come in), knot securely, open door to garage, toss into lined kitchen type garbage can with swing top lid – can usually make a basket from the the door to the garage :) So easy – I honestly cannot figure out why anyone would use a diaper pail for disposable diapers and put it in their child's bedroom yuck! Diapers pails were originally intended for cloth diapers. When I used those, I put in water mixed with a little bleach and added the diapers after rinsing in the toilet. Toss in machine a few times a week, spin out, wash in hot water, rinse 2x, hang out in the sun to dry.


  13. Susan — March 31, 2011 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    arm and hammer diaper pail by munchkin! We have two dogs, so we needed something they couldn’t get into and helped with the odor. Neither of them have bothered the diaper pail. Also I love the you can use regular baking soda to refill the air freshener instead of getting refill inserts. Our little guy is almost 7 months and we still use it!


  14. Angie Atchley — April 22, 2011 @ 10:56 am (#)

    I just use the trash can, but that gets taken out every night. On this note though, there is a room spray that smells like baby powder, it makes Vivian’s room smell great!


  15. Natasha — December 17, 2011 @ 11:52 am (#)

    yep. we use cloth diapers here also. we have 2 in dipes and i was using a 5 gallon bucket for the longest time. i also purchased a hanging diaper pail and use that in conjunction with the bucket. i just got a diaper pail today that i purchased from a garage sale. i believe it is the diaper champ judging by the description of put the diaper in the hole and flip the handle. those work for cloth diapers too? for disposable diaper users who do not do this, you are supposed to dump the poop from a disposable into the toilet as well before disposing of the diaper. that would help tons with smelly diaper problems and best of all, no poop in the house.


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